Thursday, July 05, 2018

Moths flying out of my wallet

It goes like this. In 1981 I kicked R out of my bed, which was actually his bed. It is still brought up during arguments. I didn't actually do that, but R will tell you I did. We have never slept together since, which suits us both fine. We meet on a 'needs basis' in one bed or the other, well we used to.

One bonus was that I inherited his queen sized goose down doona. What a fine doona it was. But let me confess, although I am scrupulously clean in many areas, I am a dirty bitch with my bedding. I change my sheets and pillowcases about every three weeks or more. I don't have spares, so they are washed and dried in the clothes dryer on the same day.

My doona cover is only washed two or three times a year. I don't use the doona for nearly six months of the year, just a doubled over sheet. As I have said in the past, I am hot in bed but a dirty housewife.

2018 minus 1981 equals my doona being 37 years old, plus it was not new, so let's say 40 years old. Sadly both the stitching and fabric have began to rot, meaning a release of goose down feathers. It is time to bite the bullet and buy a new doona and replace this kind of brown doona, infused with my sweat over many year. I did once consider having it cleaned, but it looked so bad, I would embarrassed to be seen with it.

I looked at new doonas in Big W and they were cheap enough at around $35 but they were all rated warm. I wanted a cool doona.

We were shopping in South Melbourne and I talked R into going up to the next level above the supermarket, to Spotlight. I remember Spotlight of old as just having bolts of fabric. It has reinvented itself and I loved visiting the store. There were all sorts of interesting things, including a huge range of doonas.

It took some time but I eventually found a lightweight doona, a loft doona. Is a loft the same as an attic? Will I feel like I am living in a New York City loft?

It cost a good bit more than the $35 ones in Big W,  just short of $100. But given I never paid for the last one and it lasted 40 years, should I worry? But damnation, it has sat in my wardrobe for weeks and about 10 days after I bought it, I saw on the big electronic sign above Young and Jacksons Hotel in town, 20% off everything at Spotlight. That would have made it $80.

I finally washed my doona cover and put on the new doona. It has made my bed look much neater, so nice and flat and not lumpy old feathers. As I write this, I have spent one night with it and it is brilliant. It is extra good that my bed looks so neat as tomorrow I will have tradies traipsing through my bedroom into my ensuite and who would not want not a bed to not look neat when the tradie fantasies kick in.

The zipper bag is now storing my underwear and socks as I moved them from my drawers so that I could put everything in by bathroom cupboards into my jocks and socks drawers for the tradies to have free reign. R has done the same in his bathroom and the laundry cupboard, and we need to do under the kitchen sink in the morning before the tradies arrive.


Early start tomorrow. Must be up early and looking attractive for tradies. Should I use powder or liquid makeup? Must be time for me to head to my loft and snuggle down.

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  1. Smiling at your preparation for the tradies. I have been shutting cupboard doors and drawers for them, but that is as far as my lazy self will go.
    I change the bedding more often that that. If there was a clean sheet fairy I would have fresh sheets every day. Sun-dried bed linen is bliss. And years back I stayed at a B & B where they dried their linen over lavender bushes in the sun. Extra bliss.

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    1. EC, sheets dried on lavender bushes sounds wonderful. Mother uses lavender to help make her sleep. She says it works, but I think it is the sleeping tablets she takes.

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    2. Lavender is supposed to be soothing, but with my hayfever I couldn't sleep until I removed it from the house.

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  2. I have to go look up doona, and tradie...

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    1. Mark, let me think. Continental quilt? Duvet? Tradie, a tradesperson.

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  3. Do not worry about the money you did not save... sometimes what is on "sale" is not what you want! If you would not pay "full price" then you don't want it!
    Oh.... use the liquid - at our age its best to powder less :)

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    1. Interesting logic, Lady J. I think I get it, and right liquid it is.

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  4. Snuggle On Brother Man

    Cheers

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  5. You should pop back to Spotlight - shhets and doona covers are on special as well!
    I'm another clean sheet fanatic. Clean sheet fairy - ooh I'd love one of those EC

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    1. Cathy, I don't need any sheets or doona cover but thanks.

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  6. Powder or liquid? I suggest 3 paper bags, extra strong, rather like cement bags.

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    1. Jah Teh, why are you so unkind?

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    2. I hear spackle works well, and there's always mini-crete.

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  7. You make me laugh Andrew - look your best when the tradies come, you never know what might happen.
    We bought a new doona a few years back, duck and down, way too hot even in winter, but we use it for winter but not in the caravan.

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    1. Margaret, yes, that would especially be a problem with two people in the bed.

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  8. I had a down-filled eiderdown as a child which had a pink, old fashioned, pattern cover. I still had it up until quite recently; it was wonderful, and possibly quite trendy these days.

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    1. Cro, well that lasted very well, better than mine even mine.

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  9. I read somewhere that on average men change their sheets only once every 3 or 4 months in which case you are almost obsessively clean by comparison.

    I've long ago given up hope of being ravaged in my home by a handsome young tradie or indeed any tradie. (Ravaged by mutual consent, I hasten to add.) Good luck!

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    1. Victor, that is the difference between gay men and straight men. I suppose your staff change your sheets.

      Sadly the tradie wasn't particularly attractive, unlike our usual electrician.

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  10. Spotlight is one of my favourite shops for bed linen.
    I think on average most people wash their sheets every second week, so every 3 weeks isn't bad Andrew.

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    1. Sami, I feel much better.

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  11. Don't bother looking attractive for the tradies, they have a job to do and shouldn't be distracted from that unless you want sub-standard work done.
    Why do you not have at least one spare set of sheets and pillowcases? My doona cover only gets washed a couple of times a year, at the end of winter and again at the end of summer.

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    1. River, aside from my doona cover being quite expensive and I don't want to fork out for another expensive one, I manage fine with the one set. It's not like I have to wait for windy dry day. R has spare bedding and rotates his. I've never washed a doona.

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  12. I think I only know one man who is very picky on changing bed sheets and covers, that's an unmarried friend of us. All the other men don't care, because the wife or the cleaning women are doing that, lol !

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    1. Gattina, yes unmarried and gay men have to look after themselves, but if a man has a husband, it is her chore.

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  13. 30 years ago I lived in West Berlin. I took several trips into East Berlin where I purchased 2 Eiderdown Bettdecke. (Duvet, Comforters, etc.) These were made of breathable cotton and I've had them on my bed all these years. They are perfect year round.
    Sadly, they are more than falling apart and I desperately need new ones.
    But after being married to a Scotsman for 30+ years, I've become...ah...thrifty!
    Hate to spend the money, but in the end, will have to do it this summer before our Autumn!
    When I do splurge, it will surely make a good post on Dackel Princess!

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    1. Maribeth, you've had an interesting life. Ah yes, the thrifty Scots. Do you have summer sales when it will be cheaper to buy eiderdowns? Btw, while I looked once before and didn't find your blog, I have now.

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  14. I just love getting into bed with crisp white sheets Andrew, it's my motivation for washing them weekly. Aimee let slip that she sometimes leaves hers for a month.. I obviously didn't teach her anything 😀😀

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    1. Grace, you are a bad mother for sure. I suppose clean sheets are more important if you sleep with someone.

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  15. You certainly got your money's worth, or lack thereof, out of that doona. Amazing.

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    1. I did indeed Sandra. My new one might see me out.

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  16. A doona! I've not ever heard of that before. I guess it must be the same as a duvet (bed cover).

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    1. Yes Dee, it is that. I don't know where the word comes from.

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  17. I read somewhere that one should change their bed sheets once a week. Bugger that. Without a dryer in the apartment and with everything taking forever to dry in the winter on our sunless balcony, we have to settle for a ~3 week change.

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    1. Ad Rad, we are not allowed to dry washing on our balcony and so must have a dryer for some things. My stepmother used to put the top sheet on the bottom and then a new top sheet, once a week, so I suppose that is using a sheet for two weeks.

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  18. I change my pillow cases every night before sleep and only leave the bottom sheet during the day. Otherwise I suffer allergies because the cats sleep there during the day. But I will confess I don't always have a neat looking bed during the day, sloppiness has entered the bedroom, as no one sees it but me. I have a comforter that is almost as old as yours and very beloved. It only comes out in the winter. Otherwise I sleep with a sheetlike blanket during the spring and summer. I don't like to sleep without a cover, for some reason, so the lightest I have is used.

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    1. Strayer, like you I cannot sleep without some covering, a sheet at least. Yes, cat hair must be the bane of your life.

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